By Jason Arndt
Brewers Farm Report
Huntsville and Milwaukee have been together for 14 seasons and have brought two Southern League Most Valuable Player Awards – current Brewer Corey Hart in 2003 and Hunter Morris in 2012.
Only the Beloit Snappers have more years with the Brewers than the Huntsville Stars, so it is going to be a tough separation if both choose to discontinue its agreement.
As the Brewers extended its agreement with Triple A Nashville Tuesday despite some discontent from members of the Milwaukee front office regarding the Sounds inability to upgrade or replace the oldest ballpark in the Pacific Coast League.
Greer Stadium was built in 1978 for the Sounds but there is debate about public/private financing for correcting its stadium issue.
Huntsville is faced with a similar issue, an aging ballpark that has elected officials in the
Alabama city deeply opposing the public financing of any stadium project.
It has been reported candidates from both sides of the political spectrum in the Mayoral race have publicly opposed to having taxpayers provide the majority of funds for a stadium project.
Officials from Huntsville and Milwaukee have remained mostly silent on the issue of extending its contract through 2014.
As of right now, it appears the Brewers are looking for more answers than Stars’ officials. There is some discomfort among officials in Huntsville as the Stars have been without a playoff appearance since 2009.
The conclusion to this could yield an extension by default due to a limited amount of Double A teams that have not been renewed through 2014, including the Jackson Generals and Jacksonville Suns of the Southern League. In addition, there is the Arkansas Travelers of the Texas League and Akron Aeros in the Eastern League.
t is unlikely the Aeros will part ways with the Cleveland Indians due to the close proximity of its fan bases while Jacksonville is with the Miami Marlins. Arkansas and Anaheim have worked together since 2001.
Major League Baseball will step in if teams are left without any agreements by the end of September and the most likely outcome is Huntsville and Milwaukee could be stuck with each other.
Unless the Jackson Generals decide they no longer want to work with the Seattle Mariners – but that is unlikely due to both just getting started in 2010.